The Noida Entrepreneurs’ Association (NEA) on Tuesday came up with a detailed plan about area-wise change in factory timings to reduce traffic congestion and vehicular pollution in the city. The entrepreneurs also decided to commute between their homes and factories on bicycles every Tuesday beginning December 22.
At a meeting attended by its office-bearers and other members on Tuesday, it was decided that if the district administration agreed, the industries in various sectors would adhere to new timings from January 1.
NEA president Vipin Malhan said the decision was taken following the appeal made by district magistrate NP Singh at a meeting held on Saturday that was attended by the industrialists and representatives of various residents’ welfare associations.
He said NEA has written a letter to the district magistrate suggesting change in factory timings in various areas effective from January 1.
The NEA decided to fix the opening time of industries in sectors 1 to 5, sectors 57 to 60, sector 63, and sectors 81, 82, 83, 85 as 8.30 am.
The factories in sector 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 64, 65, 66, 67 and sector 68, NEPZ and Hosiery Complex will open at 9.30 am as proposed by NEA.
“Two separate timings for factories in separate areas will not only curb air pollution but also help reduce congestion on the roads. Also, we have requested the district magistrate to intimate the power department about the change in shift timings of factories so that the peak hour load can be managed at their end,” said VK Seth, general secretary, NEA.
NEA members have also decided to commute between their homes and factories on bicycles in a radius of 8 km on Tuesdays.
“Barring some elderly industrialists, you will see most of us on bicycles once a week. This we will start from December 22. I am sure this will encourage our workers and other employees to commute on bicycle,” he said.
Echoing similar views, NEA general secretary VK Seth said, “We have urged the authorities to make the existing cycle tracks free from encroachments and repair the damaged stretches.”